NCAA to reportedly approve 3 college football rule changes headlined by running clock after 1st downs
A major change is coming to college football. The NCAA is reportedly expected to approve rule changes that include the clock no longer stopping after 1st down, except for the final 2 minutes of each half. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports was first with the news.
In addition to the 1st-down clock change, teams will also be prohibited from calling consecutive timeouts and penalties at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters will carry, no longer creating untimed downs in those quarters.
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The three rule changes have been approved for Divisions I and II, source tells @TheAthletic.
– A running clock after first downs, except for the last two minutes of each half
– No consecutive timeouts by a team
– Foul at end of 1Q/3Q carries over (no untimed downs) https://t.co/a396vhLLbb
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) April 21, 2023
The NCAA Football Rules Committee recommended the rule changes in March. Approval will come from the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. The changes will be made in Division I and Division II, but not Division III college football.